The best camera is the one you have on you in the moment. Many times that is our smartphones. They are always with us and are easy to carry on adventures. Phone photography allows you to be spur of the moment without lugging around a lot of gear. Smartphones also make creating amazing images easier on the go.
Today’s smartphones come with great cameras and software. If you want to get a bit more creative, you can download different apps that can give you different lens effects and even greater control over aperture, shutter speed, and iso. There are also apps that help you with filters or editing.
Smartphones even make it easier to grab underwater photos. You can find special cases that keep the water out so you can snorkel or dive with your phone to take photos or videos. I used a watertight cases from Amazon to capture photos while snorkeling in Hawaii. The cases are very reasonable in cost – between $35-$85 – depending on the depths you will be snorkeling or diving. You know I’m big on capturing special moments with photos so I made sure I was able to capture this special trip!
Quick tips for capturing those special moments with your phone:
- Make sure the lens is clean
- Frame up your image and don’t be afraid of negative space (space that is around and between your subject)
- Turn on the grid lines in the camera app you use. This will allow you to improve your composition. Grid lines show you the rule of thirds, where you place your subject or point of interest in the intersecting lines or on the lines to create balance.
- Change your perspective. Smartphones make it easier to get higher or lower or angled to create an interesting composition.
- Buy a waterproof case to take on all of your summer time water adventures!
- Shoot and have fun! Capture all of the memories. Sometimes, the best images are the ones you just snapped in the moment. You’ll look back a few years from now and smile as you remember the particular moment in time.
This post is a part of a photography blog circle featuring photographers specializing in a variety of niches. To see what the next photographer is sharing for our weekly theme, “Phone Photography” check out Jess Waychoff with BellaReese Photography capturing unique and captivating photographs of your pets to cherish for a lifetime!